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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328071/investigation-of-c3-s-hydration-mechanism-by-transmission-electron-microscope-tem-with-integrated-super-x-tm-eds-system
#1
Y Sakalli, R Trettin
Tricalciumsilicate (C3 S, Alite) is the major component of the Portland cement clinker. Hydration of Alite is decisive in influencing the properties of the resulting material. This is due to its high content in cement. The mechanism of the hydration of C3 S is very complicated and not yet fully understood. There are different models describing the hydration of C3 S in various ways. In this work for a better understanding of hydration mechanism, the hydrated C3 S was investigated by using the transmission electron microscope (TEM) and for the first time, the samples for the investigations were prepared by using of focused ion beam from sintered pellets of C3 S...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326696/history-of-research-on-c-elegans-and-other-free-living-nematodes-as-model-organisms
#2
Victor Marc Nigon, Marie-Anne Félix
The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is now a major model organism in biology. The choice of Sydney Brenner to adopt this species in the mid-1960s and the success of his team in raising it to a model organism status have been told (http://www.wormbook.org/toc_wormhistory.html; Brenner, 2001; Ankeny, 2001). Here we review the pre-Brenner history of the use of free-living nematodes as models for general questions in biology. We focus on the period that started in 1899 with the first publication of Emile Maupas mentioning Rhabditis elegans and ended in 1974 with the first publications by Brenner...
March 21, 2017: WormBook: the Online Review of C. Elegans Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323424/toward-a-comprehensive-global-emission-inventory-of-c4-c10-perfluoroalkane-sulfonic-acids-pfsas-and-related-precursors-focus-on-the-life-cycle-of-c8-based-products-and-ongoing-industrial-transition
#3
Zhanyun Wang, Justin M Boucher, Martin Scheringer, Ian T Cousins, Konrad Hungerbuehler
Here a new global emission inventory of C4-C10 perfluoroalkanesulfonic acids (PFSAs) from the life cycle of perfluorooctanesulfonyl fluoride (POSF)-based products in 1958-2030 is presented. In particular, we substantially improve and expand the previous frameworks by incorporating missing pieces (e.g., emissions to soil through land treatment, overlooked precursors) and updating parameters (e.g., emission factors, degradation half-lives). In 1958-2015, total direct and indirect emissions of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) are estimated as 1228-4930 tonnes, and emissions of PFOS precursors are estimated as 1230-8738 and approximately 670 tonnes for x-perfluorooctanesulfonamides/sulfonamido ethanols (xFOSA/Es) and POSF, respectively...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322316/grid-enhanced-x-ray-coded-aperture-microscopy-with-polycapillary-optics
#4
Katarzyna M Sowa, Arndt Last, Paweł Korecki
Polycapillary devices focus X-rays by means of multiple reflections of X-rays in arrays of bent glass capillaries. The size of the focal spot (typically 10-100 μm) limits the resolution of scanning, absorption and phase-contrast X-ray imaging using these devices. At the expense of a moderate resolution, polycapillary elements provide high intensity and are frequently used for X-ray micro-imaging with both synchrotrons and X-ray tubes. Recent studies have shown that the internal microstructure of such an optics can be used as a coded aperture that encodes high-resolution information about objects located inside the focal spot...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322306/ultrasound-mediated-delivery-of-oxygen-and-lll12-loaded-stimuli-responsive-microdroplets-for-the-treatment-of-hypoxic-cancer-cells
#5
Jinshun Xu, Shuai Yuan, Jilai Tian, Kyle A Martin, Jinhua Song, Chenglong Li, Zhigang Wang, Jiayuh Lin, Ting Si, Ronald X Xu
LLL12 exhibits high specificity for inhibiting STAT3 phosphorylation and dimerization, and inducing apoptosis to constitutively activated STAT3 cancer cells without cytotoxicity to normal cells with dormant STAT3. However, clinical deployment of LLL12 in cancer treatment is hindered by its low bioavailability and hypoxia-induced resistance. To overcome these limitations, we encapsulate both oxygen and LLL12 in stimuli responsive microdroplets (SRMs) by a gas-driven coaxial flow focusing (CFF) process for ultrasound mediated treatment of hypoxic cancer cells...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321990/diabetes-news
#6
Abigail E Dove, Brian J Levine, Payal H Marathe, Helen X Gao, Kelly L Close
Approximately 100 experts in diabetes gathered for the JDRF Mission Summit in San Francisco, CA, USA from January 26-27, 2017. The meeting focused on upcoming advances in type 1 diabetes therapy, and attendees discussed ways to encourage greater investment in type 1 diabetes research to produce next-generation options for treatment.
March 21, 2017: Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319661/atomistic-insights-into-nucleation-and-formation-of-hexagonal-boron-nitride-on-ni-from-first-principles-based-reactive-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#7
Song Liu, Adri C T van Duin, Diana M van Duin, Bin Liu, James H Edgar
Atomistic-scale insights into the growth of a continuous, atomically thin hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) lattice from elemental boron and nitrogen on Ni substrates were obtained from multi-scale modeling combining density functional theory (DFT) and reactive molecular dynamics (rMD). The quantum mechanical calculations focused on the adsorption and reaction energetics for the hBN building-block species, i.e., atomic B, N, BxNy (x, y = 1-2), on Ni(111) and Ni(211), and the diffusion pathways of elemental B and N on these slab model surfaces and in the sublayer...
March 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319324/future-of-robotic-surgery-in-urology
#8
Jens J Rassweiler, Riccardo Autorino, Jan Klein, Alex Mottrie, Ali Serdar Goezen, Jens-Uwe Stolzenburg, Koon H Rha, Marc Schurr, Jihad Kaouk, Vipul Patel, Prokar Dasgupta, Evangelos Liatsikos
OBJECTIVES: To provide a comprehensive overview of the current status and future perspectives in the field of robotic systems for urologic surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A non-systematic literature review was performed by using PubMed / Medline search electronic engines. Existing patents for robotic devices were researched using the Google search machine. Findings were critically analyzed also by taking into account personal experience of the authors. RESULTS: Relevant patents of the first generation of the da Vinci platform will expire in 2019...
March 20, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319176/insight-into-the-mechanism-of-action-of-temporin-sha-a-new-broad-spectrum-antiparasitic-and-antibacterial-agent
#9
Zahid Raja, Sonia André, Feten Abbassi, Vincent Humblot, Olivier Lequin, Tahar Bouceba, Isabelle Correia, Sandra Casale, Thierry Foulon, Denis Sereno, Bruno Oury, Ali Ladram
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are promising drugs to kill resistant pathogens. In contrast to bacteria, protozoan parasites, such as Leishmania, were little studied. Therefore, the antiparasitic mechanism of AMPs is still unclear. In this study, we sought to get further insight into this mechanism by focusing our attention on temporin-SHa (SHa), a small broad-spectrum AMP previously shown to be active against Leishmania infantum. To improve activity, we designed analogs of SHa and compared the antibacterial and antiparasitic mechanisms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318507/usefulness-of-diffusion-tensor-mri-in-the-diagnosis-of-parkinson-variant-of-multiple-system-atrophy-and-parkinson-s-disease-a-valuable-tool-to-differentiate-between-them
#10
B Chen, G Fan, W Sun, X Shang, S Shi, S Wang, G Lv, C Wu
AIM: To evaluate the differences between patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and Parkinson variant of multiple system atrophy (MSAp) at fractional anisotropy (FA) in the white matter when using the tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) algorithm to provide objective markers for a differential diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI) data were acquired from 18 PD patients, 20 MSAp patients, and 24 healthy controls using a GE 3 T Signa HDx magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316794/periodontitis-as-a-possible-early-sign-of-diabetes-mellitus
#11
Wijnand J Teeuw, Madeline X F Kosho, Dennis C W Poland, Victor E A Gerdes, Bruno G Loos
OBJECTIVE: The early diagnosis of (pre)diabetes mellitus is essential for the prevention of diabetes complications. It has been suggested that gum disease (periodontitis) might be an early complication of diabetes and may be a useful risk indicator for diabetes screening. Therefore, a dental office could be a good location for screening for (pre)diabetes in patients with periodontitis using a validated glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) dry spot analysis. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: A total of 313 individuals from a university dental clinic participated...
2017: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316601/the-interplay-between-radioresistant-caco-2-cells-and-the-immune-system-increases-epithelial-layer-permeability-and-alters-signaling-protein-spectrum
#12
Jacopo Morini, Gabriele Babini, Sofia Barbieri, Giorgio Baiocco, Andrea Ottolenghi
Colorectal cancer is one of the most frequent type of cancer, with a higher incidence in the developed countries. Colorectal cancer is usually managed with both surgeries, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Radiotherapy has the well-known advantage of targeting the tumor, minimizing normal tissue exposure. Nevertheless, during radiation treatment, exposure of healthy tissues is of great concern, in particular because of the effects on the intestinal barrier functions and on cells belonging to the immune system...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316244/electronic-properties-of-bimetallic-metal-organic-frameworks-mofs-tailoring-density-of-electronic-states-through-mof-modularity
#13
Ekaterina A Dolgopolova, Amy J Brandt, Otega Ejegbavwo, Audrey S Duke, Thathsara D Maddumapatabandi, Randima P Galhenage, Bryon W Larson, Obadiah Reid, Salai Cheettu Ammal, Andreas Heyden, Mvs Chandrashekhar, Vitalie Stavila, Donna A Chen, Natalia B Shustova
Development of porous well-defined hybrid materials (e.g., metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)) will add a new dimension to a wide number of applications ranging from supercapacitors and electrodes to "smart" membranes and thermoelectrics. From this perspective, understanding and tailoring electronic properties of MOFs is a key fundamental challenge that could unlock the full potential of these materials. In this work, we focused on the fundamental insights responsible for the electronic properties of three distinct classes of bimetallic systems, Mx-yM'y-MOFs, MxM'y-MOFs, and Mx(ligand-M'y)-MOFs, in which the second metal (M') incorporation occurs through: (i) metal (M) replacement in the framework nodes (type I), (ii) metal node extension (type II), and (iii) metal coordination to the organic ligand (type III), respectively...
March 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315714/cadmium-induced-malignant-transformation-of-rat-liver-cells-potential-key-role-and-regulatory-mechanism-of-altered-apolipoprotein-e-expression-in-enhanced-invasiveness
#14
Masayo Suzuki, Shuso Takeda, Noriko Teraoka-Nishitani, Akane Yamagata, Takahiro Tanaka, Marika Sasaki, Natsuki Yasuda, Makiko Oda, Tatsuji Okano, Kazuhiro Yamahira, Yuta Nakamura, Takanobu Kobayashi, Katsuhito Kino, Hiroshi Miyazawa, Michael P Waalkes, Masufumi Takiguchi
Cadmium is a transition metal that is classified as human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) with multiple target sites. Many studies using various model systems provide evidence of cadmium-induced malignancy formation in vivo or malignant cell transformation in vitro. Nonetheless, further studies are needed to completely understand the mechanisms of cadmium carcinogenicity. Our prior studies have utilized a rat liver epithelial cell line (TRL 1215) as a model for cadmium-induced malignant transformation...
March 15, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315662/insights-into-the-establishment-of-chromatin-states-in-pluripotent-cells-from-studies-of-x-inactivation
#15
REVIEW
Andreas Postlmayr, Anton Wutz
Animal development entails the sequential and coordinated specialisation of cells. During cell differentiation transcription factors, cell signalling pathways and chromatin associated protein complexes cooperate in regulating the expression of a large number of genes. Here we review the present understanding of the establishment of chromatin states by focusing on X chromosome inactivation (XCI) as a model for facultative heterochromatin formation in female embryonic cells. The inactive X chromosome (Xi) is large enough to be investigated by biochenical and microscopy techniques...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303560/-diaphramatic-herniation-of-abdominal-contents-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
#16
Jonas Raakow, Jan Schulte-Mäter, Andreas Andreou, Matthias Biebl, Johann Pratschke, Maik Kilian
Background An enterothorax with herniation of bowel segments through a diaphragmatic defect is a rare postoperative complication, which can occur in the early postoperative period as well as several months or even years after the primary procedure. In virtually all cases, this diagnosis requires surgical treatment with reposition of the herniated structures and closure of the diaphragmatic defect. The aim of this study was to describe a larger case series of a rare complication and to present a review of the literature...
February 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302977/real-time-in-situ-simultaneous-monitoring-of-dissolved-oxygen-and-materials-movements-at-a-vicinity-of-micrometers-from-an-aquatic-plant-by-combining-deflection-of-a-probe-beam-and-fluorescence-quenching
#17
Xing-Zheng Wu, Xiaoyan Wu, Tomomi Inoue
It is desirable to be able to monitor the intake or release of the components at different organs of aquatic plants in real time and in-situ. Here, we report a novel optical detection system that allows for real-time in-situ simultaneous monitoring of the dissolved oxygen and material movements at a vicinity of micrometers from the aquatic plant surface. A blue semiconductor diode-laser was used as the light source of both the probe beam and excitation light for fluorescence. The laser light reflected by a dichroic mirror was focused to a vicinity of the plant/water interface in a culture dish by an objective lens...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302976/fundamental-study-on-ablation-sampling-of-fe-based-binary-alloys-in-laser-induced-breakdown-optical-emission-spectrometry
#18
Xinyue Zhang, Shunsuke Kashiwakura, Kazuaki Wagatsuma
This paper describes the fundamental process of laser ablation occurring in a laser-induced plasma. The sampling process in laser-induced breakdown plasma spectrometry is very complicated and thus has not been fully understood. Our study focused on a relationship between the composition of ablation amounts and the bulk composition, when Fe-based binary alloys were employed as test samples. For this purpose, the ablation amounts of constituent elements in the alloys were determined by ICP-OES, through a method in which ablated deposits by laser irradiation were collected on a glass plate and then dissolved in an acid solution...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301670/mns-duffy-and-kell-blood-groups-among-the-uygur-population-of-xinjiang-china
#19
G Y Lin, X L Du, J J Shan, Y N Zhang, Y Q Zhang, Q H Wang
Human blood groups are a significant resource for patients, leading to a fierce international competition in the screening of rare blood groups. Some rare blood group screening programs have been implemented in western countries and Japan, but not particularly in China. Recently, the genetic background of ABO and Rh blood groups for different ethnic groups or regions in China has been focused on increasingly. However, rare blood groups such as MN, Duffy, Kidd, MNS, and Diego are largely unexplored. No systematic reports exist concerning the polymorphisms and allele frequencies of rare blood groups in China's ethnic minorities such as Uygur and Kazak populations of Xinjiang, unlike those on the Han population...
March 15, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301083/age-specific-autistic-like-behaviors-in-heterozygous-fmr1-ko-female-mice
#20
Manon Gauducheau, Valerie Lemaire-Mayo, Francesca R D'Amato, Diego Oddi, Wim E Crusio, Susanna Pietropaolo
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a major developmental disorder and the most frequent monogenic cause of autism. Surprisingly, most existing studies on the Fmr1-KO mouse model for FXS have focused on males, although FX women, who are mostly heterozygous for the Fmr1 mutation, are known to exhibit several behavioral deficits, including autistic-like features. Furthermore, most animal research has been carried out on adults only; so that little is known about the age progression of the behavioral phenotype of Fmr1 mutants, which is a crucial issue to optimize the impact of therapeutic interventions...
March 16, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
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